The Mindset to Change Your Life’s Direction, w/ John Brontsema

My whole life was dedicated to baseball from an early time. People say, “Don’t put your identity,” or “You’re not a baseball player. That’s not your identity.” It really is though. While it’s not, it feels like it, because every decision I made, everything I was passionate about was baseball and achieving the next level.



Building a Successful Apparel Company w/ SAM MEANS | Episode 50 #theSKYLERIRVINEshow

Sam Means, hello Brand




You may not recognize Sam Means’ name but chances are you’re familiar with his work. From 2001 until 2008 Means was one half of the celebrated Arizona indie-pop act The Format alongside Nate Ruess (who later went on to form the Grammy Award-winning act, fun.). After The Format called it quits, Means put his focus on starting a family and creating a band merch company: and apparel company

Topics discussed:

  • Background of Sam
  • allows artists to sell merchandise online and on tour without signing major label
    • Is this limited to just bands?
  • Difference between Hello Apparel and Hello Merch?
  • Which came first?
  • In todays environment, is it better to start and grow your own brand, or create a company that encourages and supports others to start and run their brands?
  • How has Amazon helped, or hurt your growth. How do you see Amazon impacting you over the next few years? A partner or competitor?
  • Are you still in the music business? Is it cool or weird to see former band members find success in music?

Questions from Quora: 

– What are good books, or resources, for someone interested in starting an apparel company?

– What was the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome during the process of starting an apparel company?

– What are the initial quantities one should produce when starting an online apparel company? (Buying in bulk leads to lower costs, but….)

– How important is the company or brand’s name when growing your apparel business?

– What is the most important first-hire to make when growing an apparel business?

– How do you find the best manufacturer without any contacts?